“Just like the Oscars, just without the esteem.”
Article: Ravinesh Sakaran – Contributor
So, the 71st Annual Golden Globes just aired last Sunday, and man was I ecstatic to see Matthew McConaughey win Best Dramatic Film Actor for his portrayal of Ron Woodruf, a homophobic and racist electrician who is zealous in his efforts to find unconventional treatments after being diagnosed as H.I.V positive, in the movie Dallas Buyers Club. Jared Leto bagged the movie a double when he won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rayon, an AIDS positive transgender woman that strikes an unlikely partnership with Woodruff.
Both actors truly deserved those awards. Matthew McConaughey supposedly lost a whopping 45 pounds for the role of Woodruff. Hats off to Mr. McConaughey for not only pushing method acting to its limits, but also producing a mind blowing performance of a powerless man fighting the bitter perils of his mortality. Jared Leto also underwent minor body modification, waxing, which wasn’t received well by critics for pointing that out during his acceptance speech. Jared Leto, was accused of being homophobic. In Jared Leto’s defense I felt that he was extremely nervous and unprepared, he clearly was winging it. Besides, why would an actor take the role of a transgender person, if he were homophobic?
12 Years a Slave, on the other hand, deservedly won the biggest honor of the night by winning Best Motion Picture (Drama). However, I was disappointed to see Lupita N’yongo not winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
Breaking Bad also bagged a double at the globes by winning Best Television Series and also for Bryan Cranston’s earth-shattering characterization of Walter White, the high school teacher turned Meth Kingpin. Robin Wright won best performance by an actress in a television series for her unflinching role as Clair Underwood, the wife of a powerful U.S congressman in the show House of Cards.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine surprised many by winning Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical) and Andy Samberg winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical). It might have just been beginners luck for Brooklyn Nine-Nine because I swear Jim Parsons from the Big Bang Theory and the show Modern Family stood a fighting chance for those awards.
Last but not least, I felt that Jon Voight from Ray Donovan robbed Corey Stoll from the House of Cards of his Golden Globe as Stoll executed a mesmerizing depiction of an alcoholic congressman. However, it’s only the Golden Globes, and I quote Ricky Gervais, “The Golden Globes is just like the Oscars, just without the esteem.” Man, I missed Ricky Gervais hosting the globes; I hope they call him back one last time.